Teaching, with Teacher Certifications in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 and Students with Disabilities (Preschool-Grade 12) (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities is a 48 credit program designed to provide graduate students with a master's degree as well as dual certification: initial certification to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) and certification to teach students with disabilities in K-6 settings. Students who apply to this program must hold a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts field (minimum 60 liberal arts credits). In addition, applicants must provide evidence of substantial and meaningful experience with groups of children, including children with special needs. Applicants must also achieve a passing score on the PRAXIS 1 exam.

Exam information: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements

Qualifying waiver information: http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/BasicSkillsExemptionCutScores.pdf )

Montclair State University’s Teacher Education Program is one of the most highly-regarded teacher preparation programs in the country. It has been consistently recognized both nationally and regionally for its unique features, including its structure, partnerships, and curricular emphases. The program is considered a model for other colleges and universities and has continuously been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. 

Program Requirements

Additional Requirements for State Certification
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (may be completed by examination)3
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Child Development
FCST 512Child Development I: Theories of Child Development (or approved equivalent)3
Program Requirements
Required Courses
ECEL 501Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Diverse Society3
ECSE 502Sociocultural Context of Disability and Inclusive Education3
ECSE 505Learning and Development in Children With and Without Disabilities3
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities3
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities3
ECSE 539Pedagogy in Inclusive Elementary Education3
EDFD 503Methods of Research3
READ 500Literacy Foundations3
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 516Social Studies and the Arts: Understanding Democracy in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 517Integrating Science and Technology in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms3
MATH 577Mathematics Education in the Elementary School3
Professional Sequence
Semester Before Student Teaching
ECEL 502Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 510Clinical Experience I in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings2
ECEL 522Curriculum Development and Assessment in Diverse Elementary Classrooms3
Student Teaching Semester
ECEL 514In-Service Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 15
or ECEL 511 Clinical Experience II in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings
ECEL 504Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms1
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
GRAD CMPComprehensive Examination0
Total Credits54

ECEL 514 is for those already in full-time teaching positions.